Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ghost sign for Sozodont Toothpaste in Midtown.

When SL Green began knocking down a full block of prewar commercial buildings next to Grand Central Terminal last year to make way for its new 1,401-foot-tall office tower at One Vanderbilt Avenue it revealed this #vintage #sign for Sozodont, a popular brand of oral hygiene 😁 product from the mid nineteenth-century. Sozodont was created in 1859 and its was chosen from the #Greek word "sozo", meaning to save, and "dontia", meaning teeth. We love its statement "Cleans Teeth Clean- Our Only Claim". We wish this #ghostsign could have been saved but sadly it was demolished and SL Green just recently broke ground for the new building which will eventually become the second tallest building in #nyc!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Brite Lite Barber Shop in Harlem

Brite Lite Barber Shop in Harlem is a favorite of ours because we not only love its #handpainted #signage but also love its #vintage poles outside. The #barber pole's colors are from a time when people went to barbers not only for just a #haircut or #shave but also for bloodletting and other medical procedures. The look of the pole is linked to bloodletting with the color red representing blood and white representing the bandages used to stem the bleeding. The pole itself was used to symbolize the stick that a patient squeezed to make the veins on his arm stand out more prominently for the bloodletting. In the USA the poles are red, white and blue while in Europe they are traditionally red and white. We also love the kid sitting on the bench outside waiting for his father to get his haircut.

Photo from 2004 appears in our book "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York".

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Subway Inn, Upper East Side, NYC

Subway Inn on the Upper East Side was in business for more than 77 years before it was forced to close in December 2014 after it's lease was not renewed. One of its most famous customers was Marilyn Monroe , who filmed the "Seven Year Itch" nearby and stopped in for drinks. Arsemio Salinas, who has owned the #divebar since 2007, after working as a porter, bartender and manager for the original owner, luckily was able to relocate the #bar less than 2 blocks away at Second Avenue and 60th Street and re-installed the iconic #vintage #neonsign, the original wooden bar and stools and even the bar booths. Photo and full interview appears in our book "New York Nights".

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Katz's Delicatessen on the Lower East Side was established in 1888.

Katz's is famous for its Jewish #deli foods including its famous hot pastrami and corned beef sandwiches and its hot dogs. A ticket is given upon entering, which serves as a bill that must be handed in when leaving. Their slogan "Send a Salami to Your Boy in the Army" started during World War II. Photo and full interview appear in our book "New York Nights".

Monday, October 17, 2016

Lucky Cheng's, the East Village nightlife institution opened in 1993.

Prior to that it was called Club Baths, the first openly gay-owned bathhouse which operated from 1971-1983 and then Cave Canem , from 1986-1993. Lucky Cheng's became hugely popular in the mid 1990s, complete with drag queen waitresses and was even used in an episode of Sex & the City for a bachelorette party scene. We particularly liked its #sign shaped like a Chinese food takeout box! 🍜 In July 2014, Lucky Cheng's closed primarily due to a huge rent increase.